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INTERACTIVE: Burlington One of the Top 25 Cities With Cleanest Air
By Joe Gullo
WASHINGTON - According to the American Lung Association's State of the Air 2014 report, more than half of the U.S. lives with unhealthy air.
The American Lung Association says that while the national overall continued to reduce particle pollution, poor air quality remains a significant public health concern.
"We are happy to report continued reduction of year-round particle pollution across the nation, thanks to cleaner diesel fleets and cleaner power plants,” said Harold Wimmer, National President and CEO of the American Lung Association. “However, this improvement represents only a partial victory. We know that warmer temperatures increase risk for ozone pollution, so climate change sets the stage for tougher challenges to protect human health. We must meet these challenges head on to protect the health of millions of Americans living with asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. All of us –everyone in every family—have the right to healthy air.”
The report found the top 25 cleanest cities in the United States. Click on a city to find out how they ranked, high ozone days, annual particle pollution, and groups at risk for each city.
Data from the American Lung Association. Green points = Top 10 cities, Yellow = cities ranking 11-20, Red = cities ranking 21-25.